Exclusive: Cambodia fm softens tone after scathing attack on ‘hypocritical’ west

Cambodia’s foreign minister last week launched a scathing attack on Western democracies, labeling them hypocritical and only interested in promoting human rights and democracy when it was in their own self-interest. ...

Sok Khemara

Canada denies reports of additional aid to Cambodia

The Canadian diplomatic office has denied local media reports that Canada had agreed to deliver extra aid money to Cambodia. In a press release, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon said that Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion expressed interest in his proposal that “Canada will continue ...

Bun Sengkong

Foreign Minister, US ambassador discuss coming meets

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhon on Tuesday met with US Ambassador William Heidt to discuss a pair of upcoming meetings of mutual interest: the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS). The events will be held in Laos on September 3-8, and will ...

Cristina Maza

Zaman school resists call for closure

Zaman school officials and parents yesterday urged the Cambodian government not to shutter the schools as the Turkish Ambassador to Cambodia Ilhan Tug has requested, saying students will ultimately suffer. The Turkish Embassy has repeatedly called for the schools’ closure in recent weeks, citing their links ...

Sen David and Yesenia Amaro

Refugee deal dead in the water

The new Australian ambassador to Cambodia praised the Kingdom yesterday for taking in refugees from the island nation of Nauru, where Australia has controversially held refugees against their will in appalling living conditions in an effort to stop others from seeking asylum there. ...

Ros Chanveasna

China’s ambassador praises PM

Despite repeatedly claiming that China does not dictate Cambodia’s foreign policy, the government yesterday was lauded by Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Bu Jianguo, who said China’s leaders and millions of Chinese people thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen for backing Beijing on the South China Sea ...

Ven Rathavong

Cambodia working to resolve South China Sea disputes: FM

 Cambodia’s foreign minister, Prak Sokhon, has said that the country is working behind the scenes to mediate disputes between its ally China and partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea. ...

Hul Reaksmey

FM: Cambodia ‘rescued’ ASEAN-China relationship

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon defended Cambodia’s position on the South China Sea issue during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, denying accusations that the Kingdom’s opposition to any joint Asean statement in support of the Philippines was tied to large loans and grants ...

Ven Rathavong

Cambodia denies ASEAN ‘Veto’

The Foreign Ministry has denied claims that the $600 million in aid promised to Cambodia by China this month was in any way tied to the Kingdom’s stance on the South China Sea. ...

Ven Rathavong

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea, Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia blocked any mention to an international court ruling against Beijing in their statement, diplomats said. ...

Manuel Mogato and Michael Martina

Cambodia-India joint cooperation

The Cambodia-India Joint Committee Meeting on bilateral trade and technology exchange will be held in New Delhi on Friday, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters yesterday.   ...

Sum Manet

India gifts canines for mine clearance

The Indian government has given 15 dogs to the Kingdom along with a promise to train personnel to work with the furry friends on mine-clearance projects, according to an official press release. ...

San Bunsim

Slave labor victim speaks out

Keo Rotha was sitting in his small brick house in a quiet village in Pursat province, surrounded by coconut trees and a bamboo fence, looking at his old phone while waiting for a call to tell him the results of the court case he and ...

May Titthara

Cambodia-Thailand checkpoints to be upgraded

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to upgrade four border checkpoints and open new checkpoints to boost bilateral trade and tourism along the border, with the aim of increasing trade volume between the two neighbors to $15 billion over the next five years. ...

Chea Vannak

Foreign minister to join Asean meeting

As one of 10 Asean foreign ministers, Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhon will travel to China for a two-day meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the foreign ministers of Asean, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry released on Saturday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Japan gives $3M for scholarships

The Japanese government will continue providing scholarships to young Cambodian government officials wishing to study in Japan, continuing a tradition of bilateral scholarship that began in 2000, officials said yesterday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Cambodia’s close China ties concern observers

Cambodia’s large and growing debt to its northern ally China is a growing concern for observers who worry about the undue influence this may afford the regional superpower. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Ambassador brushes off black monday allegations

The US Ambassador to Cambodia yesterday denied American involvement in the Black Monday protest, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Smart moves on tech education

Telecom operator Smart Axiata Co. Ltd. and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Smart donate more than $320,000 to build a facility for students at the National Institute of Post, Telecom & ICT (NIPTICT). ...

Sok Chan

Posts ministry launches low-cost van service

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Monday launched a low-cost van service that will shepherd passengers and goods across the country in what he said he hoped would be a profitable venture for the government. ...

Mech Dara

Telecom official accused of stealing $100,000

The head of the Post and Telecommunications Ministry’s inspection department was arrested Friday and questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday for allegedly having stolen about $100,000 from the ministry over several years, according to Minister Prak Sokhon. He said Chem Sangva was reported ...

Eang Mengleng

Demining Mali goal for troops

The Ministry of Defence will dispatch more than 300 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) to Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said yesterday. ...

Vong Sokheng

Cambodia’s telecom agency firm on fees

Cambodia’s telecommunications ministry yesterday defended intervening in the market by fixing minimum prices for mobile phone calls, rationalising the base charges as necessary to stem the loss of tax revenue and avert a monopolised industry. The floor price was introduced in 2009 to prevent the demise ...

Chan Muy Hong and Daniel de Carteret

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